release (10/3/20): Updated the game to Logical Journey of the
Zoombinis Deluxe, added controller support, Reshade support,
Retroarch support for shaders and bezels, and added a launcher with some configuration options.
is an installer package for the game Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
(1996) which will allow it to be played on modern versions of
Windows, with easy to use desktop and/or start menu shortcuts and an
uninstall option for quick removal. The manual is also included.
DOSBox-staging, DOSBox ECE, and Retroarch are included - any of which
can be used, depending on your preference. My own custom shaders and
bezel are included for Retroarch.
emulators are setup with controller support via Antimicro (can be
disabled via the launcher), with joystick to emulated mouse input
(left stick, right stick, or dpad can be used) as well as a couple
additional mappings (based on a 360/XB1 controller):
trigger = right-click Right trigger = left-click X = Enter B
= Space Start = ESC RB = Swap left stick and d-pad Back+LB =
can quit the game immediately via numpad * (asterisk) + ESC in
Retroarch or Ctrl+F9 in DOSBox.
is a lightweight, open-source, portable launcher which is included to
allow you to choose which emulator to use, some configuration options
for each of them, as well as access to the manual and this readme.
do not recommend installing into your Program Files
folder. This can cause write access problems when you need to save
your game. C:\Games\Zomb's Lair\Logical Journey of the Zoombinis is
the default path, but anywhere other than Program Files/Program Files
(x86) is fine.
included Retroarch shaders "Esper", "Ghost",
"Neuromancer", and "Snow Crash" will not work
with onboard video - dedicated video hardware is required. If you you
do not meet this requirement and have one of these shaders set, it
will simply be disabled when playing. All of these are somewhat
system intensive. If performance on your computer is poor, simply
disable the shader by starting the launcher and selecting the "No
shader" option or you can try changing Hard Sync to Off in the
Utilities > Retroarch Settings > Performance Settings section
of the launcher.
is also included (disabled by default) which also includes a few of
my own custom presets. These will increase hardware requirements as
well. If it's been enabled through the launcher, you can
enable/disable it in game via the End key and toggle the
Reshade UI via the PgDn key - this allows you to change the
preset by clicking on the drop-down list in the top left.
aware that the combination of the included shaders and Reshade
presets require a fast PC. If you combine the two and are getting
poor performance / stuttering (or are just experience this regardless
of shaders/Reshade) you can try disabling Hard GPU Sync through the
launcher. This decreases hardware requirements but increases input
latency, which is why it's Hard GPU Sync is on by default.
Lair is a passion project dedicated to bringing old classics to a
modern audience, while eliminating all of the hurdles that that
December 10, 2019 Subject:
Game won't start so I'll post here since there is no way to contact
The game says something about a rooster file not found then crashes to the Dos Box Win 3.1 thing and you have to click it again to go thru a bunch of files that cannot be found to finally close out of it. I'll never download his stuff again.
Hopefully no viruses from it. PLEASE DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!!
The game turns on like you said but you have to do the top version not the other ones or the screen gets cut off also is there a way I can install other games in ISO format or regular way in your prebuilt version directly? I also have this working in PCEM on Win 95.
September 16, 2019 Subject:
If I had to wager a guess, it might be if you installed the game to Program Files which can causes issues with some of the 3.1 games as it needs administrator privileges to save data to that location (I discovered this to be an issue later on with other 3.1 games, and subsequently made the default install location C:\Games\Zomb's Lair\[game name]
Your options are to either install to a location other than Program Files or to run the game as administrator, either one should work fine.
There is absolutely NO virus in this. It's literally just DOSBox running an instance of Windows 3.1 and a disc iso.
August 18, 2019 Subject:
The "Roster file not found" issue can be fixed by running the program as an administrator.
This is a great and easy way to play a classic title on modern computers without having to go through the process of setting up and running an emulator, as the installer does all the work for you.